Current projects

Can the rewetting of drained, nitrogen contaminated peatlands reduce EU-wide greenhouse gas emissions and improve wetland biodiversity? Peatlands represent 2.5% of all agricultural land in the EU, but ~ 25% of agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and ~ 5% of total EU-wide GHG emissions. The rewetting of peatlands has been found to reduce, or even reverse, carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrous oxide (N2O) gas emissions, the most common and potent GHGs respectively.

 Tracking down Austria's peat in the PeatGOV-Austria project

Researchers in the new PeatGOV-Austria project, funded by the Austrian Climate Research Program (ACRP), are studying how best to keep peat in the field. The research teams from the Working Group Geoecology of the University of Vienna and the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU) are working together on the question "How large is the greenhouse gas emission from agriculturally used peatland and what could climate-appropriate management of the land look like."

 Project Loess-Paleosol-Map of Lower Austria

In this project of the Lower Austrian government the distribution of the different loess types of Lower Austria and their included paleosols will be presented in a digital map.

In the framework of the infrastructure project LTER-CWN (2017-2022), six characteristic sites in Austria are expanded into state-of-the-art measuring stations of ecological research. The investigations focus on the effects of extreme climate events on the environment.

 Dissertation projects

Pamela Baur, BSc MSc is working on quantifying and improving the process understanding of methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor fluxes in the reed belt of Lake Neusiedl.

Raphael Müller, BSc MSc deals with the degradation of organic matter by soil microorganisms under the special conditions of the saline Lake Neusiedl.

Group photo of reed belt

Ongoing projects

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